From New Left Project, an interview with Erik Olin Wright on Occupy Wall Street and transformational strategy. Eric Johnson on how right-wing libertarians, John Birchers and conspiracy freaks are trying to hijack the Occupy Movement. Smack in the middle of the holidays, on a Wednesday night in very late December, about 150 people — philosophy professors and graduate students — gathered in a hotel conference room in Washington, DC, for a panel called, “Thinking Occupation: Philosophers Respond to Occupy Wall Street”. The forgotten prophets of the Occupiers: A fascinating Canadian book urges "political action for the 99%" — it was written in 1943. C. S. Herrman on social contract theory for Occupiers: what law, culture and history tell us. Reza Fiyouzat submits to the Occupy movement the idea of "Direct Representation for Taxation". From Socialist Viewpoint, two issues on Occupy Wall Street. From Ship of Fools, what would Jesus occupy? A look at what lies behind the Occupy phenomenon, what may lie ahead, and what the recent spate of protests across the political spectrum portends for the republic.
Jeffrey Andrew Barash (Jules Verne): At the Threshold of Memory: Collective Memory between Personal Experience and Political Identity. Robert Cailliau's career at CERN spanned almost four decades, during which time he helped build the World Wide Web. Matthew C. Nisbet on online news and the demise of political disagreement. An interview with McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International. A review of The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers (and more and more). From SSIR, Kavita Ramdas provides a critique of philanthrocapitalism, and Matthew Bishop and Michael Green argue its continuing merits. Don’t blame me, I didn’t want anything to do with this book: Jeremy Stangroom on amusing Prefaces. From Smithsonian, Mike Dash on the mystery of the five wounds. All those security measures accomplish nothing, at enormous cost — that’s the conclusion of Charles C. Mann, who put the T.S.A. to the test with the help of one of America’s top security experts.
Irfan Habib (AMU): The Philosophy of History. The Journal of Contemporary History is at the crossroads of past and present: A special issue on "contemporary" history and the historical discipline. The new dangers of politicization: With the past ceasing to be a body of knowledge and becoming a public issue, a new form of political influence has exerted itself upon historians. Scott McLemee reviews The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization by Teofilo R. Ruiz. The persistence of the past: The triumph of liberal democracy was supposed to herald an end to history — but it has returned with a vengeance. A review of Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present by Andrew Shryock and Daniel Lord Smail. History Heroes: Smithsonian profiles Marc Bloch. Mysteries and Masterpieces: Adam Kirsch on the latest stage in the “American conquest of the Middle Ages”. From Perspectives on History, William Cronon on the public practice of history in and for a digital age; and Anthony T. Grafton on historians at work — public history. Reflections on writing history: A review of Political Concepts and Time.